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Moose Racing Wild Boar: ATV Race Report
Fowler Earns Eighth Consecutive GNCC Win at Wild Boar
PALATKA, Fla. (March 6, 2022) – The Moose Racing Wild Boar, round two of the 2022 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, kicked off in Palatka, Florida at Hog Waller on Saturday, March 5 with the world’s fastest ATV off-road racers taking to the sandy Florida course.
As the green flag waved from the first turn it was WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler jumping off the line and nearly inching out his fellow XC1 Pro riders to grab the All Balls Racing $100 XC1 Pro Holeshot Award. Fowler knew what he had to do to earn his eighth win at the Wild Boar, and he put his head down to go to work for the next two hours. Fowler would begin to the feel the pressure at the halfway point but would continue to keep his composure and race towards the checkered flag. As the lead pack came in on the final lap it was Fowler earning that eighth consecutive win in Florida, but by just a mere 0.00.888 of a second.
Magna1 Motorsports’ Brycen Neal, who earned the season opener win just two weeks ago in South Carolina, would have his work cut out for him on lap one as he came through in the fifth place position. Neal would continue to push himself, moving towards the front on the lap two as he took over second place. Neal would then have his sights set on the number one machine in front of him. As the two came around, receiving the white flag, they were just 0.00.787 seconds separating them. Neal would make a last lap attempt to pass Fowler for the lead but would be unable to make anything stick before the two headed into the finish line area. Neal would come through second overall in Florida with less than a second between himself and Fowler.
Battling back to round out the top three overall was GBC/Fly Racing/Nine2/BNR’s Devon Feehan. After coming through in the 10th place position on the opening lap, Feehan would charge hard for the next two laps making the necessary passes stick to move himself into podium contention. Feehan would continue to push, but he was unable to make up time on the front runners and would cross the line third overall.
Pierce Performance/GBC Tires/Fly Racing’s John Glauda Jr. worked his way up to fourth overall from his sixth place start to the day. As he continued to make his way through the pack of riders, Glauda Jr. would find himself gaining on the XC1 pack just ahead of him. Glauda Jr. would come through four seconds off of third place.
Rounding out the top five overall on the day was Getter Nissan/Kenda/Action Off-Road/Richardson Racing’s Cole Richardson. After starting the day off in fourth, Richardson would continue to push himself but would find himself back in seventh on the white flag lap. Richardson would move back into the fifth place position by the time he came through to the checkered flag.
The Original Formula 88/Ithaca Recreation Sports/Maxxis/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart was running in second on the opening lap, but he would struggle to find his flow in the Florida sand. Hart continued to push but would find himself fighting by the time the two-hours expired in the race. Hart would cross the finish sixth on the day. OBOR/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited/McGill Mafia’s Adam McGill would battle back from a ninth place start to the day to finish seventh overall.
After running third on the opening lap JMR/GBC/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure would fall back to eighth for the remainder of the race. Chris Borich Racing/GBC/Action Off-Road/Fly Racing/AMSOIL-backed rider Chris Borich would cross the line ninth overall on the day, while Merritt Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires’ Joshua Merritt came through to round out the top 10 overall finishers at the Wild Boar GNCC.
In the XC2 Pro-Am class it was Action Off-Road/DIRTNASTY/Twizted Vision’s Wyatt Wilkin earning the BNR Motorsports $100 XC2 Holeshot Award. However, Wilkin would run into some trouble on lap one, as he came through in the 11th place position. Hetrick Racing/Kenda/Elka/HMF's Steve Harrell charge through holding onto the lead for the first two laps of the race, but a hard-charging Action Off-Road/Pro Graphx/Pierce Performances’ Jay Shadron would overtake the lead on lap three.
Shadron would continue to push until the checkered flag waved as he came through to earn his second-straight XC2 class win of the season. Harrell would make his first XC2 podium appearance as he came through to earn second on the day. Wilkin would battle back strategically throughout the race, as he made the necessary moves to make it onto the podium with a third place finish.
Earning the Top Amateur honors in the afternoon ATV race was College A’s class winner, James Glauda, as he came through in the 18th overall position. Daulton Keyes would come through second in College A and second on the Top Amateur podium with a 19th overall finishing position. Junior A racer, Alex Elioff would round out the Top Amateur podium with a win in his class and 20th overall on the day.
As the 11 a.m. race got underway it was Can-Am/Tennessee Towing/BNR Motorsports accelerating to the holeshot line first to grab the $100 4x4 Pro Holeshot Award thanks to BNR Motorsports. Pecorari would lead the first lap, but unfortunately would have a mechanical issue making it impossible for him to finish the race.
Pro Row 784/GBC/BNR/Victory Golf Carts’ Brandon Frazier would be right on Pecorari’s heels as they came through the finish line. Frazier would capitalize on his misfortune and move into the lead on the second lap of racing. Frazier would continue to push through the sunny and sandy conditions of his home state race in Florida to earn his first-ever 4x4 Pro Overall win.
Coming through to earn second was OBOR/Can-Am/Action Off-Road’s Landon Wolfe as he battled behind Frazier for majority of the day. Wolfe is 2-2 on the season, and he currently sits one point behind leading duo in the points standings.
Stewart Boys Racing/Action Off-Road/DeRisi HMF’s Haedyn Mickelson had another great race as he rounded out the 4x4 Pro Overall podium. Mickelson would battle back from fourth place to land on the podium during the last lap of the race. Mickelson is currently tied in the points lead with Frazier as they head into Georgia next weekend.
Getting a good jump off the line first was Hannah Hurricane Hunter/OBOR Tires/Fly Racing’s Hannah Hunter as she raced to grab the $100 WXC ATV Holeshot Award courtesy of BNR Motorsports. Hunter would soon find herself immersed in a battle as she came through the finish line third on the opening lap. Hunter would move into the lead on lap two, but as lap three came around she would be unable to hold off a the hard-charging duo of Elioff Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires’ Jessica Elioff and Team Pickens/Fly Racing/GBC Motorsports/Yamaha’s Traci Pickens.
Elioff would move into the lead as the white flag flew, indicating one more lap. Pickens would come through in second, with Hunter just six seconds off of her. Pickens and Hunter would engage in a heated race battle throughout the last lap, but ultimately it would be Elioff come through with over a minute lead of the rest of the WXC field as she earned her first WXC ATV win of the season.
Hunter would make the pass stick on Pickens during the last lap, coming through to finish second in the class with Pickens holding on for the last podium position. JMR / GBC/DWT/Moose Racing/Action Off-Road/Custom Axis’ Katelyn Osburn had a rough start to the day as she came through eighth at one point in the race, however she would put her head down and work her way into fourth for the day. Fly Racing/Senge Graphics/DeRisi Racing’s Morgan Solesbee would round out the top five in WXC.
Caden Spires steadily worked his way through the youth racers, coming from fifth in the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class to take the overall win in Florida. Cole Lykins came through to finish second overall and in YXC1 with Cody Whitaker crossing the line third overall on the morning.
Levi Strahler claimed the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. win after leading his class for the majority of the race. Bryce Pullen and Quinn Bergman would come through to round out the class podium. Aidan Alumbaugh earned the 250 (13-15) class win, with Jaxson Ostrich earning the 125 (8-12) class win.
Starting off the day with the Micro ATV overall win was Kody Buckhannon, followed by Jase Strouse coming through in the number two position. Bryson Dickerson would battle back to round out the overall Micro ATV and MXC1 class podium.
Coming through to earn the MXC2 class win was Michael Stringfellow, while JP Pickens Jr. and Cason Knecht rounded out the top three in class. Ryder Gaydos earned the 90 Stock class win, with Colt Delabar earning the 50 Sr. (6-7) class win.
In the Micro Bike race, it was Levi Rains of the MXC2 class coming through to earn the overall win in Florida. Following Rains was fellow MXC2 rider, Hunter Jones battling back to earn second overall with Karson George finishing third overall and first in the MXC1 class at this year’s Wild Boar GNCC.
Rounding out the MXC1 podium was Brody Haugh in second, with Jase Jackson coming through in third. Carter Rombout rounded out the MXC2 class top three.
GNCC Racing continues next weekend on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 with round three, The Specialized General in Washington, Georgia. This event will also host round of the Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship. For more information on the event, click HERE.
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Wild Boar Results and Points Standings
Round 2 of 13
Saturday, March 5, 2022
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
- Devon Feehan (YAM)
- John Glauda Jr. (YAM)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Hunter Hart (YAM)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
- Chris Borich (YAM)
- Joshua Merritt (YAM)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Brycen Neal (55)
- Walker Fowler (55)
- Devon Feehan (39)
- Jarrod McClure (34)
- John Glauda Jr. (34)
- Cole Richardson (31)
- Adam McGill (28)
- Chris Borich (24)
- Jay Shadron (23)
- Joshua Merritt (22)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2022 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- Jay Shadron (YAM)
- Steven Harrell (YAM)
- Wyatt Wilkin (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (YAM)
- Dylan Walraven (YAM)
- Daniel Peters (YAM)
- Albert Jadosh (YAM)
- Albert Jadosh (YAM)
- Grayson Eller (YAM)
- Shan McMillen (HON)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- Jay Shadron (60)
- Steve Harrell (43)
- Wyatt Wilkin (42)
- Branden Owens (37)
- Dylan Walraven (32)
- Tanner Walker (32)
- Grayson Eller (28)
- Daniel Peters (28)
- Chase Allison (21)
- Shane McMillen (21)
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About GNCC Racing
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